Colorado and Washington to lift the ban on the consumption of cannabis

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Colorado and Washington to lift the ban on the consumption of cannabis

14 March 2013 – The implementation of the decisions of popular votes held in the United States in Colorado and Washington to lift the ban on the consumption of cannabis would be a violation of interna

14 March 2013 – The implementation of the decisions of popular votes held in the United States in Colorado and Washington to lift the ban on the consumption of cannabis would be a violation of international laws, said the United Nations body, tasked with monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide.

This would be "a violation of international law, in particular the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961" has been told to the 56th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs by the President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Raymond Yans.

In Colorado and Washington the electorate voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in November 2012. The US Government continues to oppose any movement to decriminalize marijuana although there are medical marijuana businesses operating in Colorado, Washington and 16 other states, disobeying federal law, that, as the office of the US Attorney General pronounced in December 2012 "prosecutes growing, possession and selling of any amount of marijuana, regardless of state laws.

Mr. Yans said the statement was "good but insufficient" and continued by saying "I hope that this issue will soon be addressed by the Government according to international conventions regarding drug control".

The INCB is an independent and quasi-judicial monitoring body based in Vienna, mandated to implement UN international drug control conventions.